Graduate Diploma in Rural Generalism

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipRuralGen

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4773.1

AQF Level: 8

The Graduate Diploma in Rural Generalism aims to enhance rural generalist medical training by providing additional clinical and research skills to post graduate doctors entering rural practice. Students will build on and integrate skills through online and face to face teaching over a one year FTE (full-time equivalent) program. The program will enable students to examine current rural health policy, develop models of care that support a rural generalist approach and become skilled in managing undifferentiated, common and emergency clinical presentations in rural settings. They will also be introduced to research skills that will assist research in their rural communities.

Study Mode
One year full-time or 2 years part-time

The course will seek to be recognised by both The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) as contributing to aspects of their fellowship training programs for vocational registration.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Rural Generalism are outlined in the Western Sydney University Inherent Requirements for Medicine courses. This document is available at:


Graduate Diploma Rural Generalism 1-year Pathway (80 credit points)

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in medicine


Completed Graduate Certificate Rural Generalism


have AHPRA general registration as a medical practitioner

Applicants entering at 80 credit point level must supply a certified copy of their medical degree and current medical registration.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students entering the Masters or Graduate Diploma level at the 80 or 120 credit point must supply a certified copy of their medical degree and current APHRA general registration. All students in the Masters and Graduate Diploma level will require evidence of successful completion of an accredited Advanced Adult Life Support certificate before enrolling in Unit Critical Care: Skills and Practice

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which includes the units listed below.

Core Units

401270Rural and Remote Medicine: The Generalist Approach
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401274Telehealth and Rural Communities
401077Introduction to Biostatistics

Focus Units

401271Critical Care: Skills and Practice
401272Chronic Disease Management in Rural Practice
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401270Rural and Remote Medicine: The Generalist Approach

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